Fresno, Ca.---The Reno Aces (51-77) used five homers en route to a 9-1 win over the Fresno Grizzlies (60-67) on Saturday night at Chukchansi Park. The Aces got the scoring started in the first inning with two out when left fielder Juan Rivera (7) launched a solo homer to left field.
Reno added another run in the third inning when center fielder Brad Snyder (8, 9) homered to right, the first of his two homers. Snyder finished 4-5 as he also had two doubles, and three RBI's.
Other homers for Reno were by catcher Ed Easley (6), a two-run round-tripper to left field in the fourth, and in the sixth by first baseman to right field by Mike Jacobs (16) leading off.
It was the second time this season that Reno had a five-homer game against Fresno. The other time was July 9th at Chukchansi Park.
Fresno's only run was in the sixth inning on a two-out throwing error by Reno left-handed pitcher Tony Sipp who threw a ball away on a grounder hit back to him by Fresno left fielder Francisco Peguero. That scored first baseman Chris Dominguez who had reached on a dropped fly ball by Reno right fielder Alfredo Marte. Overall, Reno made four errors which matches its season high, the third time the Aces have done that this season.
Right-hander Justin Fitzgerald (2-5) suffered the loss for Fresno. The starter went five innings, gave up six hits, five runs (all earned), he walked one, and struck out six. The four homers he allowed were the most he's ever given up in a professional game. Matt Wright (2-1) earned the win for Reno. The Aces right-handed starter has earned both his Reno wins against Fresno this year. He worked five shutout innings, and allowed four hits. He walked one, and struck out five.
This series is now even at one. Game three of this scheduled five-game series will be on Sunday night with a 6:05 first pitch. Right-hander Mike Bolsinger (5-5) will pitch for Reno against Fresno right-hander Mitch Lively (6-5).